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Birds are great barometers of an areas environmental degradation. When bird populations are healthy and species diversity is high, you know you have found a place with a variety of protected natural habitats. There are 10,000 species of birds in the world today. Alarmingly one in eight of those species (c. 1240 species) are now threatened and a number of them are near extinction. How have we come to this point? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, editor and natural historian MARTIN WALTERS. He has consulted with BirdLife International to create a beautiful and serious book on the rare birds of the world, where they are and how they came to be so rare: BIRD WATCH: A SURVEY OF PLANET EARTH’S CHANGING ECOSYSTEMS.
RICHARD CROSSLEY is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer. His new, monumental book THE CROSSLEY ID GUIDE is not a field guide, but something quite revolutionary: a book to use as a study guide at home to educate a person on how to look at birds as they appear in the field. Going against the grain of what many people think an identification guide should be, the focus in this book is not field marks, but teaching a person how to look at birds both near and far, at rest and in flight. It looks like no other natural history guide
you have ever seen. Tune in and listen to Crossley describe his mission to make everyone better birders and how he goes about it.